A 55+ Community in Sebring, Florida

June - July 2020

Edition No. 28

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Manager's Corner
 

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Summer is finally upon us and here at Tanglewood we could not be more excited to finally enjoy some fun in the sun with our residents. Now that things are slowly returning to normal, we are back to making constant improvements in our community. Read on to see what’s happening around Tanglewood.

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Manager's Corner

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Dear Residents,

Summer is finally upon us and here at Tanglewood we could not be more excited to finally enjoy some fun in the sun with our residents. Now that things are slowly returning to normal, we are back to making constant improvements in our community. Painting, cleaning, and planting will be completed in community common areas to keep Tanglewood looking beautiful.

The rising temperature of the summer weather also ushers in hurricane season. Planning begins in June, and as it approaches, we would like to ensure all of our residents have a plan prior to any storm. For your convenience, we have a hurricane preparedness plan for pick up in the community office as our main goal is to keep you all prepared and safe. If you have not done so already, now is the time to get those trees in your yard trimmed and safely secure anything at risk of become a projectile at high wind speeds.

Additionally, it is extremely important that your contact information is updated and correct. We will be utilizing the One Call Now messaging system to provide voice, text, and email messages along with other important contact points.

Please remember if you are going away for the summer please have someone who will be taking care of your home trimming, watering plants, maintaining shutters, and keeping an eye on everything. You can give the office the name and number of this person so we know who to call in the event of an emergency.

Have a happy and relaxing summer!

Sincerely,
Darlene Bradley
Community Manager

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter – E.E. Cummings

Office Closed
 

Office Closed

The Management Office will be closed July 3 in observance of Independence Day. However, the sales office may be open. Be sure to check with them about any sales appointments or tours.

Food

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Making the Most

When life gets hectic, grocery shopping is the last thing on your mind, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make a delicious dinner. From soup to stir-fry, you’d be surprised just how many dishes you can make from what is already in your pantry.

Florida Reopening
 

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As you know our governor held a Press Conference on Wednesday, April 29 regarding phase one of reopening the state. Keep reading to learn more about what will be opening and what this means for our community.

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Florida Reopening

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As you know our governor held a Press Conference on Wednesday, April 29 regarding phase one of reopening the state. Schools, gyms/fitness centers, bars, personal services such as beauty salons will remain closed in this phase. Restaurants can open with strict rules regarding capacity.

As states continue the reopening process and businesses and other non-essential services come back online, we will be monitoring their guidelines and making adjustments to community operations accordingly. Specifically, in order to fully reopen facilities, offices and additional amenities, the following must be in place:

  • Local and/or state closure mandates have been lifted
  • Clear guidance issued from the CDC and other government entities about how organizations like ours can safely resume group activities and social interaction

Additionally, to maintain health and safety within our communities, we must obtain enough stock of personal protective equipment and cleaning and disinfecting supplies to support increased social interaction. We have placed numerous bulk orders of these supplies; however, fulfillment has been delayed due to high demand and there remains uncertainty around the ongoing supply chain.

It is our desire to reopen facilities as soon as possible, and prior to doing so, we want to ensure that we have taken all necessary steps to create a safe environment for residents and team members. We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation to keep fellow residents and Hometown team members safe.

At this time, we are excited to announce certain amenities will reopen Monday, May 4, 2020 with restrictions in place. We ask that you please follow our guidelines during this staged reopening as a courtesy to your neighbors and for your safety as well as your neighbor’s safety. If we find the restrictions are not being followed, we reserve the right to reclose the amenities in an effort to keep residents safe. We ask that you respect social distancing and stay 6’ apart from anyone not in your household at all times. Guests outside of Hometown America will not be permitted to use amenities that will reopen until further notice. Due to time and occupancy restraints, amenities will be for residents only. Water stations will not be operational; therefore, you are encouraged to bring your own water bottles.

Starting May 4, the following amenities will be open with restrictions:

  • Outdoor amenities that may have contact such as basketball, soccer or similar will be open for single play or by household only. Residents are not permitted to play with others outside of their own home. Please limit play to 1 hour. Residents will need to bring their own balls.
  • Outdoor sports amenities that have no contact such as pickleball, tennis, shuffleboard or similar will be open. Only the number of players each court can accommodate will be allowed in the area as long as they can remain 6’ apart from anyone outside of their household. Bystanders, spectators and players waiting for a court will not be permitted. Please limit play to 1 hour. Teams can only consist of those from the same household. Some courts may be closed in order to assure we adhere to 6’ social distancing. We encourage you to bring your own equipment. Hometown America will still have equipment available, and it will be cleaned at the end of each day. If you must use equipment provided by Hometown America, you will need to wash it thoroughly before and after each use. Please bring your own cleaning supplies. If you do not have cleaning supplies available, you can check them out at your local office and return them immediately after use.
  • Outdoor non-sporting amenities such as dog parks, playgrounds and similar will reopen with the following restrictions; Up to, but no more than 10 residents in each area at a time while continuing to adhere to social distancing of 6’. If the size of the area will not accommodate 10 guests with 6’ distancing, fewer residents will be able to occupy the space. We highly recommend you bring cleaning supplies to wipe down any items you may touch during use. Hometown will be cleaning regularly, but not in between every use.

The following rules remain in effect in addition to any state or local restrictions/regulations:

  • All indoor facilities remain closed, aside from laundry rooms.
  • Both Hometown and resident sponsored events are suspended until further notice (regardless of size).
  • Gatherings are not permitted at this time, including any outdoor gatherings.
  • Community and sales offices are closed but will be available if residents need cleaning supplies before and after use of amenity equipment.

The pool has reopened with the following safety protocols:

  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms such as feeling sick, coughing, have a fever, difficulty breathing, or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive within the last two weeks, please do not enter the pool area.
  • The pool will be open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. until noon, and from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Capacity in the pool deck area will be limited to 25 residents.
  • There can only be 10 residents inside the pool itself at one time. Time in the pool itself is limited to 30 minutes. Please be mindful of those on deck waiting to get in the pool.
  • Residents are asked to limit pool area time to two hours.
  • The pool area will be deep cleaned during the mid-day closure and again at the end of the day. You are encouraged to bring your own cleaning supplies to wipe down tables, chairs, handrails, and any other areas you may touch before and after touching them.
  • Due to time and occupancy restraints, pools will be for residents only. Guests outside of Hometown America will not be permitted to use the pools until further notice.
  • The clubhouse will be unlocked so the restrooms will be available for your use. All other rooms remain closed. Please do not enter other areas of the clubhouse.
  • Gates must remain closed by law. Please bring a tissue, rag, or gloves to open and shut it upon entry and exit.
  • Chairs will be paired in twos, only persons from the same household occupying those chairs grouped together. The grouped chairs must remain 6’ apart.
  • All pool group activities, such as aerobics or volleyball, are not permitted.

Sales Update
 

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For our Northern friends who have made their journey back home, it’s never too early to think about next season. Consider buying a park model and be ready long before the snow of next winter starts falling. Keep reading for more information on park models and our resident referral offer.

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Sales Update

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For our Northern friends who have made their journey back home, it’s never too early to think about next season. Consider buying a park model and be ready long before the snow of next winter starts falling. Stay in Tanglewood where you know you will love your home and neighborhood.

Did you know your Hometown America sales team offers Resident Referrals? If you refer your friends or family to purchase a home in Tanglewood, you could receive up to $500. You get to pick your neighbors and get some extra pocket money – it’s a win-win!

Contact one of the Tanglewood Sales Consultants for all of your home buying or selling needs.

Tanglewood Home Sales Team
Jay Etherton
Robin Etherton
(863) 402-2485

Resident Portal
 

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Hometown America is now offering residents a convenient, free service that you’ll have access to 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Through this platform, you can review and pay your bill, set-up payment reminders, change your payment preferences, and more! Keep reading to learn how you can sign up.

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Resident Portal
 

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Hometown America is now offering residents a convenient, free service that you’ll have access to 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Through this platform, you can:

  • Review and pay your bill
  • Change your billing and payment preferences
  • View, download or print monthly statements
  • View, download or print payment history
  • Set-up payment reminders to send alerts when bill is due
  • Enroll in online automatic payments
  • Access to online E-billing

With only a few clicks, you can simplify your bill pay experience through a secure, environmentally friendly, and time-saving platform.

If you’d like to sign up, contact your community manager today.

Your Health

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Keeping Clean

While regular cleaning and disinfecting can be sizeable tasks, living a healthy and happy life is well worth the effort. Regardless of the time of year, or the bug going around, these great tips are here to help you keep your home clean and germ free no matter what is out there.

Upcoming Events
 

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There are a lot of fun activities and events to take advantage of in the coming months. From pool parties to the 4th of July Parade, there is something for everyone! Keep reading to learn more.

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Upcoming Events
 

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Following are the events we currently have planned. These events may be cancelled or altered to accommodate current conditions of the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is our desire to reopen facilities as soon as possible, and prior to doing so, we want to ensure that we have taken all necessary steps to create a safe environment for residents and team members. We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation to keep fellow residents and Hometown team members safe.

4th of July Parade
Saturday, July 4
Potluck dinner with brats provided by Hometown America.

Movie Night
Wednesday, July 8
Popcorn and soda will be available.

Pool Party and Employee Vs. Residents Water Volleyball
Tuesday, July 28
2-4 p.m.
Beer, wine, sodas, and water will be provided by Hometown America.

Supporting our Veterans

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Within our community, the Dog Owners Guild and the Veterans Group have joined forces to fundraise for the Southeastern Guide Dogs organization. To learn more about the organization and how you can help, keep reading.

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Supporting our Veterans
 

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Within our community, the Dog Owners Guild and the Veterans Group have joined forces to fundraise for the Southeastern Guide Dogs organization, a donation-based organization dedicated to training and providing service dogs to veterans. Located in Palmetto, Florida, Southeastern Guide Dogs provides service animals to veterans with vision loss, PTSD, and other disabilities. All money raised in Tanglewood will go towards their Veteran’s Dog Program.

If any resident would like to assist in creating fun activities and fundraising ideas, the Veterans Group meets the first Monday of the month at 9:30 a.m. and the Dog Owners group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m.

Keep an eye out for more information in the next newsletter.

Get Invested in Investing

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No matter what is happening in the world, investing can work for anyone who has the proper tools, guidance, and know-how. Are you ready to have your money start working for you? Keep reading to learn tips from expert advisors.

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Get Invested in Investing

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No matter what is happening in the world, investing can work for anyone who has the proper tools, guidance, and know-how. There are many resources available to help you grow your portfolio into one to be proud of.

It’s not uncommon for people to believe that unless you went to school for it, investing is something that is best left to the professionals. While reaching out to a expert is never a bad idea, everyone has the ability to participate in sound investing thanks to the many tools that are out there.

Cultivating a sound portfolio takes a bit of work, but the reward is well worth the effort! Investing is can be done at any stage in one’s life, but is especially fruitful during retirement.

With all of the great resources out there, it’s really that easy to take advantage of all there is to offer and find your inner investor.

Home & Garden

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Save this Summer

With the summer months upon us, the warm weather we all love brings the inevitable soar of utility bills that we don’t. Luckily, there are many ways to beat the heat without sacrificing your budget or comfort. Check out these 8 ways to lower your bill and trust us, your wallet will thank you.

Find Your Roots
 

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Have you ever wondered about your ancestors, where they came from, or the impact they had on those around them? Connecting all the branches of your family tree can be a breeze, if you know where to look. Keep reading to discover your roots!

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Find Your Roots

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Have you ever wondered about your ancestors, where they came from, or the impact they had on those around them? There are a ton of tools out there for you to not only discover your roots, but also make it easier for future generations of your family too.

Every branch of your family tree has a story. That’s the beauty of lineage, it’s just as unique as you are. In the past, unless your family kept a detailed history, tracing ties back generations could be a very difficult task. But now, with all of the resources at our disposal, family trees around the world are finally coming together, and yours can to. The best part of this experience is that it’s an adventure the entire family can enjoy together!

Many families take vacations to locations around the world they are tied to, like this one in Ireland where you can browse tons of digital records and even speak privately with onsite genealogists. Once your family tree has fully blossomed, you can finish the adventure by bringing it all together to make it easy for future generations to carry on.

Bringing your family together has never been easier or more fun. There’s no better time than the present to find your next adventure, the family experience you’ve been looking for, and, most of all, your roots.

Connect with Us
 

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Join us on social media through Facebook to stay updated, see pictures from the latest community event, and connect with neighbors. Our community page is also a great place to learn about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

E-Z Pay
 

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Take the hassle out of making rent payments with Hometown America’s E-Z Pay. With E-Z Pay, your lot rent will be automatically deducted from your bank account on the third of each month. New sign-ups earn a $10 credit.

Travel

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Virtual Thrills

Can’t make it to a theme park anytime soon? Don’t let that spoil your fun. A YouTube channel has compiled favorite attractions from Walt Disney World, Disneyland California, and Universal Studios into virtual 360-degree experiences. There are even rides available that are no longer at the parks. What are you waiting for? Space Mountain, here you come!

SafeHaven Insurance

Safe Haven

Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency, specializing in coverage for manufactured homeowners and renters. Many companies are difficult to work with or do not write policies that provide adequate protection for prefabricated homes. Make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that offers competitively priced policies and the protections important to you. Visit SafeHaven online or call 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

 
 

Entertainment & Leisure

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Summertime Love

Love has no age limit, and ABC’s hit show “The Bachelor” is ready to show that finding it can happen at any stage of one’s life, including for those 65 and better. Hop along for the ride in this spin-off and see just how possible it is to find love, no matter the season of life. While it’s still in the early stages, learn everything about the new show here.